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Power Moves: Remembrance, justice and paradigms in the spotlight

April 2, 2019 Category: ColumnFeaturedLongPeople

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1. Eszter Kutas becomes director of the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation.

Eszter Kutas was named director of Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation (PHRF), a nonprofit dedicated to educating the public about the universal lessons of the Holocaust, in March. Kutas — the grandchild of four Holocaust survivors — will be responsible for overseeing all of the PHRF’s operations, including fundraising for the organization’s $4 million endowment campaign, development and implementation of  programming remembering  the victims of the Holocaust and aiming to eradicate all forms of bigotry.

Kutas joins PHRF after a year as its acting director — a function she fulfilled while she was assistant vice president of Fairmount Ventures, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit consulting firm.

2. Aarati Kasturirangan leaves Bread & Roses community fund and joins Dragonfly Partners.

“I have been honored to be a part of this vibrant community of people,” Aarati Kasturirangan said March 15, when she announced her departure from Bread & Roses after four years as director of programs. “I hope you will continue to support Bread & Roses’ efforts to move money to movements.  The Racial & Economic Justice Giving Project is underway, the next Gender Justice Giving Project will start in April, and in June, Bread & Roses will be hosting the annual Tribute to Change. There are so many ways for you to stay connected.”

Kasturirangan has joined Dragonfly Partners as a full-time consultant. The firm describes itself as helping changemakers — both inside and outside the political system — get “unstuck” and work through strategic, organizational or interpersonal challenges. “I am excited for the opportunity to support movements in new ways through this work,” she said.

Crystal Brewe (Courtesy photo)

3. The Kimmel Center announces new role and promotion for senior staffers.

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts added the role of chief operating officer to Ed Cambron’s existing responsibilities. As COO and executive vice president, Cambron will continue oversight of Kimmel’s key operating segments with a focus on new program development and the continued progress of the Center’s strategic plan. Cambron joined the Kimmel Center in 2009 as the executive director of the inaugural Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), after more than 20 years as senior management at the The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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In addition, Crystal Brewe has been promoted to senior vice president of strategic marketing and communications. She joined the Kimmel Center in 2014 as the vice president of sales and marketing, and was the founding staff chair of the Kimmel Center’s diversity and inclusion committee .

4. Sarah Hertz becomes chief development officer for Philabundance.

Sara Hertz. (Courtesy photo)

Sarah Hertz has joined Philabundance as chief development officer. She is tasked with developing strategies to secure and manage new and existing donors, to provide oversight of the grants, direct mail, major gifts and corporate sponsorship programs. Before joining Philabundance, Hertz served as a consultant with Schultz & Williams, a national fundraising consulting firm, and in development roles at Conservation International,the Academy of Natural Sciences, and the Philadelphia Zoo.

Hertz is also the co-founder of the Ambler Farmer’s Market, a member of Ambler Borough Council and serves on the board of directors for the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association.

Hertz’s hiring coincides with the addition of several new and returning members to Philabundance’s 2019 Board of Directors, including John Ruane of GIANT Food Stores, Anika Hawkins of 6abc, and Bassam Awadalla of Bank of America.

5. Katrina Goodjoint joins Juvenile Law Center.

Katrina Goodjoint joined Juvenile Law Center as a staff attorney, where her work  focuses on addressing economic justice and equity in the juvenile justice system through litigation, amicus and policy advocacy efforts. Before joining Juvenile Law Center, Katrina was associate counsel of legal mobilization for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C. where she expanded the organization’s pro bono efforts through volunteer recruitment and legal research.

6. Visit Philadelphia announces three new hires.

Visit Philadelphia’s new hires, March 2019. (Courtesy photo)

Visit Philadelphia, the nonprofit that promotes travel and tourism to the five-county Greater Philadelphia region, hired Rachel Ferguson (left) as its new vice president of innovation and diverse marketing; Deirdre Childress Hopkins (center), as the director of public relations; and Laiza Montanez (right), as the organization’s social media content producer.

7. Sola Onitiri is tapped to be taproom manager.

In what has to be the coolest resume shift in city history, the founder and chief creative officer of Let’s Get Going, Sola Onitiri, recently became the taproom manager of Triple Bottom Brewing Company in Callowhill. You can read about the craft brewery’s social enterprise cred here.

8. Soneyet Muhammad takes on additional responsibilities at Drexel University.

Soneyet Muhammad.

Soneyet Muhammad. (Generocity file photo)

After joining Drexel University in early October 2018 as the director of workforce and economic inclusion, Soneyet Muhammad has added several roles, including senior leader in the Office of University and Community Partnerships, which oversees large-scale entrepreneurship, workforce development, financial wellness, and adult education strategies. In addition, as a a leader in the president’s economic inclusion advisory committee, she connects the business units of the university to the community so that the civic engagement values of the university are borne out in Drexel’s commitment to hire, buy, and build locally. Her team provides critical services throughout West Philadelphia neighborhoods.

9. Honors for women are handed out at  Paradigm Awards Luncheon.

In March, the local business community celebrated Jami Wintz McKeon, chair of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, who received the 2019 Paradigm Award from the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia. In addition to honoring Wintz McKeon, the Chamber announced the winners of the Paradigm Scholarship for Working Women. Each of the recipients of those awards received up to $5,000 in merit-based scholarships to help complete their undergraduate degrees while working full-time at Chamber member companies. The scholarships went to:

  • Shereena Carson, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital
  • India Dallas, Independence Blue Cross
  • Sarah Decker, TD Bank
  • Rhoda Douglas, Independence Blue Cross
  • Alicia Fife, Independence Blue Cross
  • Shawna Moses, Nazareth Hospital (Mercy Health System)
  • Ana Cristina Pichardo, Temple University Hospital
  • Sotonius Quinn, UESF
  • Rashean Ramsue, AmeriHealth Caritas
  • Chevonne Tingle, Mazzoni Center

(Courtesy photo)


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